Administration’s GHG Regulation Surpass Cap-and-Trade Costs

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its second round of greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for heavy-duty engines and trucks. The $30 billion regulation comes on the heels of a 2011 regulation that also addressed fuel efficiency and imposed $8.1 billion in long-term costs. EPA’s patchwork of GHG rules under the Clean Air Act is quickly growing into a regulatory behemoth.

What’s Left in the ACA if the Administration Wins King v. Burwell

As the Supreme Court puts the finishing touches on its opinion in King v. Burwell, which will decide the fate of Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies and key portions of the law, many might be curious to know what’s left of ACA implementation. According to American Action Forum (AAF) research, there are more than $700 million in total regulatory costs remaining and 8.3 million paperwork burden hours.

FDA Trans Fat Ban

Banning “trans fats” could cost $11 billion, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which recently released a “declaratory order” regarding partially hydrogenated oils, the source of trans fats. The order finds that trans fats are no longer considered “generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for any use in human food.” Instigated by “citizen petitions,” FDA made this determination under an arcane provision in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), outside of the usual notice and comment rulemaking process. FDA expects full compliance by June 18, 2018.

The Daily Dish

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy spent yesterday mis-educating the students at George Washington University. She began: "If you are selling to somebody a product, and you can assure them that that product was produced in the most environmentally responsible way, I will guarantee you that they will value that product more highly," McCarthy said at the 2015 GreenGov symposium at George Washington University in Washington. She then asserted "That is how government works — we tell you what you can do today. We give you the flexibility to get it done yourself and we send a long-term market signal that is going to open up innovation moving forward."

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